QA or the Highway 2015 – Speaker Series – Featuring Todd Fox

QA or the Highway

Our thirteenth featured speaker who will be at QA or the Highway is Todd Fox.

1. What attracted you to speaking at QA or the Highway?

I like this conference because of the central Ohio software testing/engineering community. As you know, we have a very robust SQA community in Columbus. I like this conference because it give this community an opportunity to spend a day together talking and learning!

2. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s conference?

I’m looking forward to having Gareth Bowles from Netflix here. I met Gareth and heard him speak at GTAC 2014 (Google Kirkland, WA). Conference attendees should be pretty familiar with the Netflix application & the challenges they face with their service. However, the solutions that they’ve created and their model is quite innovative. I’ve been involved in this more “embedded” testing approach & with continuous deployment for awhile now. I am a firm believer, so I’m excited to have someone from one of the best teams out there to represent!

3. What piece of advice would you give conference attendees to maximize their experience at QA or the Highway?

I would encourage attendees to stretch out of their “comfort” zones when selecting sessions. Someone comfortable with manual testing should consider attending automation track sessions. Someone more comfortable with automation should consider attending the more management oriented or manual tracks. Branch out and allow different perspectives into your view. Also, though it maybe a bit awkward, try to startup some conversations with fellow conference attendees. The networking opps are great & it’s a great way to learn how/what others are doing.

4. How did you become involved in testing?

I worked for a “large fashion retailer” in Columbus on a DEV team. We were lean. As the company’s business expanded and became more complex I was asked to build a QA methodology and a QA team.

5. What are some of you favorite tools in your “testing toolbox”?

These are the tools I feel like I “have to have”: Github, Slack, TravisCI, JenkinsCI, Ruby, Cucumber, Sinatra, Python, PivotalTracker, Trello

6. What are your favorite reading references (books/blogs/etc) that have helped your testing efforts?

Todd will be speaking on “Scaling Testing via Automation AND Freeing The Testers To Test”

You can find Todd’s speaker bio, session information, or more information about QA or the Highway 2015 by going to any of the following links:

Previous speakers featured from the QA or the Highway 2015 – Speaker Series:

Jim Holmes
Raj Subramanian
Joseph Beale
Kelli Searfos
Dmitry Sharkov
Justin Rohrman
Shaminder Rai
Jess Lancaster
Joe DeMeyer
Gareth Bowles
Damian Synadinos
Anna Royzman